In a message to Walnut School district parents, Superintendent Patricia Wool says “It has become painfully clear to the education community that public schools will not be spared in the current round of budget reductions.”
The Walnut Creek School District, which manages five elementary schools and one middle school and 3,200 students, faces the fact that the state budget crisis is still unresolved.
In response, the district will conduct a series of meetings with district employees and parent groups. “We will brainstorm once again, and send our lists to the Budget Review Committee for consideration,” Wool says.
Wool warns that the jobs of some teachers are at risk, as is class-size reduction for the early grades. Wool says tough decisions must be made this month because, by state law, lay-off notices must go out by March 15 to teachers who would face lay-offs.
As for class size reduction? Wool says: “It is inevitable that class size will rise in some grades. This is inevitable since salaries and benefits comprise over 85 percent of our budget.”
Wool says the district will host a series of meetings through March 17, so that teachers and parents can supply their input on which programs they are willing to let go of.
Here is the schedule for upcoming public meetings:
Indian Valley PTO, Thursday, February 5, 8:30 a.m.
Walnut Heights PTA, Thursday, February 5, 9:30 a.m.
Buena Vista PTA, Thursday, February 5, 7 p.m.
Walnut Creek Intermediate PTA, Wednesday February 18, 7 p.m.
Parkmead PTA/PALS PTO, Thursday, February 26, 9 a.m.
Murwood PTA, Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m